Learn what makes the college town of Davis, one of the best-educated — and brainiest — cities in the country, also be a great community for college students. UC Davis students live and contribute to creating a high quality of life. This listicle includes information about our arts, culture, film, theater and more.
Likeable, bikeable Davis
With 45 percent of university commuters using bikes as their main mode of transport, you would expect a . In fact, our parks are intertwined by. The is known for its dedication to cycling and related activities. The city also hosts the. Looking for help with that flat tire? The is a public D.I.Y. shop.
Movies, movies and more movies
You have . The city houses three cinema complexes within a few blocks of each other. These include a and a. Popcorn, anyone?
Davis Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning, one of the nation’s best farmers markets offers ready-made meals and desserts, fresh produce from regional farms, and live music. And Wednesdays mid-March through October the market hosts Picnic in the Park, when the whole town gathers for music, dinner and the market.
Downtown Davis is about hanging out in cafés. You’ll find where you can enjoy fresh-air dining. Or sit inside with your laptop and snack. And did you hear? The food is delicious!
Pub quizzes and trivia
Test your team mettle at one of several downtown, including deVere’s Irish Pub, Froggy’s, G Street Wunderbar, KetmoRee and Sophia’s Thai Kitchen. Warning: It’s about what’s in your collaborative heads, not on the cell phone.
Keep your pace around town
Join one of a number of , including the, to challenge yourself while making fleet-feeted friends. The city has miles of bike paths to keep you safe from traffic as well as several charity runs during the year.
Thrift store bargains
Find bargains among our half dozen or more specializing in clothing, furniture and other household items. Some offerings are on consignment, others are thrift, but you know you will have fun on your treasure hunt.
If you like , Davis offers a number of opportunities to get involved or to attend. These include classic Shakespeare ensembles, musical theater, dance theater and a semi-professional theater company dedicated to rarely produced musicals and plays.
Art Is Davis’ middle name
If you like — especially pieces with whimsy and storytelling — you’ll love Davis. You can’t walk a block in the downtown without seeing a sculpture or mural. On a daily basis you’ll discover compelling pieces on restaurant walls, in the artists’ co-op or our. And each month the attracts flocks of art lovers to installations and receptions at galleries, art co-ops, and businesses throughout the downtown. Check out on display.
Music to your ears
? We play the full scale. In fact, in 2017, the city launched . You may hear the tinkling of ivories from one of our decorated. They are installed in several places to bring impromptu music downtown in the summer and fall. Maybe you’ll enjoy the guitar strums of singers in a public plaza. And many of our restaurants host through out the week
broadcasts new music and more at 95.7FM / KDRT.org. Join the station on the mic or behind the scenes. Daytime shifts are available. Visit KDRT.org for volunteer info.
Worship in Davis
You can find many , including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Wicca and more. These organizations hold discussions, worship services and other activities you might be interested in joining.
Poetry Night in Davis
On alternating Thursday evenings for , renowned poets read their work at the John Natsoulas Gallery on First Street, followed by an open-mic session that features songs and stand-up comedy.